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Minimal, Complete, and Verifiable Example

How can I best ask my question so people will be able to understand it and reproduce the problem if necessary?
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when should the “SQL” tag be used? [closed]

It looks like the SQL tag is used incorrectly for some questions. Should it only be used when the question is really about SQL? Or is it OK to ask it for a question like: How to determine if an ...
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How do we define a question as being “too basic”? Where do we draw the line?

It has been suggested that we close 'true beginner questions' as off-topic on this site. Where do we draw the line? For example, should this question be closed (I've voted to close it as off-topic, ...
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Canonical Answers

After discovering the pot of gold that is ServerFault's What are the canonical answers we've discovered over the years?, I'm inclined to think dba.se could do with the same. If agreeable to ...
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How do I include tables with Ascii art lines in my answer?

Some answers on the site like this one and this one include tables drawn with ascii art. Is this done by hand or is there a tool I can use to help me?
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Help me write this query in SQL

I'm trying to get help writing a query from scratch using Structured Query Language, or SQL. What information do you need from me to get my boss to stop screaming? I've asked all my co-workers for ...
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Is MS Access on-topic?

I thought about asking a question regarding triggers in MS Access but wasn't sure if that belonged here or not.
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Sometimes, an answer is just plain wrong. What to do?

Why "Begin Transaction" before "Insert Query" locks the entire table? The question above contains outright, no two ways about it, plain old factually incorrect answers. I've ...
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Should 'trivia' questions be off-topic

There is nothing in the FAQ or here on meta that specifically says these questions cannot be asked, and I think some other sites like SO tolerate them to a degree, but perhaps the expert focus here ...
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Do we accept database comparison questions or are they offtopic?

This is not the same as: Should we allow, even encourage, "feature comparison style" questions? Do we want to support questions such as: MySQL vs MariaDB Postgres vs MySQL Oracle vs MSSQL ...
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Are questions about “no-SQL” databases OK?

Is it appropriate to ask questions about things like Redis (a data-structure server)?